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    Re: Cutting out of a TBH into the Langstroth

    Nice job J W. It's just amazing how they just March themselves in. Carol and I watched them for about 20 min and they all went in. I agree with you about carni's my other three hives are Carni's...
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    Re: Cutting out of a TBH into the Langstroth

    We cut ours out to standardize our 4 hives, plus I figured I can checkerboard a couple of frames without foundation in one of the Lang hives for comb honey. What's your reasons?
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    Re: Cutting out of a TBH into the Langstroth

    Don't envy you doing alone. Really helped with wife doing the rubber banding. After the first one knew where to cut the comb so it was prob only 10 to 12 seconds for each one. And was really...
  4. Re: Long Lang Users, How many Frames Should I Plan For?

    Built mine to hold 32. But don't see any way to let it get that full. Extracting honey as they fill frames but leaving enough for them to winter on
  5. Thread: horizontal lang

    by Montyb
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    Re: horizontal lang

    I built and started a long Lang this spring. Hived a new package in April and they seemed to be doing well but on the first inspection the brood pattern was very spotty but I wanted to give the...
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    Re: Cutting out of a TBH into the Langstroth

    My wife and I did the same thing on our top bar that survived the winter up here in upper Michigan. (Italians). We didn't look for the queen had to do it fast because it was sunny but only about 56...
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    Re: Italians outpacing Carniolan

    I had two hives survive the upper Michigan winters twice now. You have to leave twice as much honey for the Italians vs the carniolans. And like the reply above the queen dosent know when to slow...
  8. Re: Any one see this design for a horizontal hive?

    The girls are still doing great on my long Lang ( pic in post above). What I find curious is that although they have a top and bottom entrance I would say at least 95% of the girls use the top...
  9. Re: Any one see this design for a horizontal hive?

    I built one similar and hived a package April 18th. They are doing great. I like it much better than my TB hive.18929
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    Re: Long lang design for comments

    I'll try to post a pic18861
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    Re: Long lang design for comments

    I built one this spring and hived a 3 lb package in it and they are doing great. Designed it to hold 32 frames but I built an insulated follower board so I can adjust and keep track of them. Hived...
  12. Re: Long Lang on legs? Our TBH's are great and need to expand operations

    I don't have legs on mine but it is off the ground about as high as my tb's were 2 cinder blocks high.
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    Re: Transition TB hive over to Langstroth

    It's been couple of days now and that hive has consistently been busier than our other 3 hives and they were a package of Italians installed spring of 2014 and made it through the winter up here in...
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    Transition TB hive over to Langstroth

    Well we bit the bullet and moved the top bar hive over to the side, set up the new Lang hive and cut the 8 brood comb off the bars and rubber banded them into the deep frames. Added another deep box...
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    Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Here's mine, got plans from backyardhive.com and modified it. Used 2 x12 for one of mine and doubled it to two 2 x 12 on next. Both had winter survivor bees in spring. 18277
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    Re: TBH's in cold climates

    I live in Marquette, Michigan long cold winters below zero many days. Have had tbh's survive last two winters. Both carniolan and Italian bees. Followed advice of info on backyardhive.com
    Mine...
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    How to transfer from top bar to langstroth

    Have colony of Italians that survived the winter here in th upper pennsula of Michigan in a top bar hive. I want to move the bees to a langstroth hive and in the process requeen them with a carni...
  18. Thread: what to leave

    by Montyb
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    Re: what to leave

    Have had tbh's survive last two years in Michigans upper peninsula. Carniolan and Italians. Both winters left all the honey and harvest in the spring.
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    Over wintered hives

    So, first year went great. We did minimal interfering with the bees, never went into the brood deep or hunted for the queen. Left them plenty of honey to make it through the winter.
    Question : is...
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    [QUOTE=Silverbackotter;969675]Alright as I am thinking about wintering top bars for the first time I want to poll ya'll, if you would be so kind. Please respond to the following

    Years keeping top...
  21. Thread: They made it

    by Montyb
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    Re: They made it

    It was only 41 today so no bees were flying so I checked them through window. Previously they were clustered about two frames away from brood comb. Today they are clustered back on brood combs. ...
  22. Thread: They made it

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    Re: They made it

    No. It's hinged -tips off to the long side. Also has a inspection window.

    I ordered roofers garbage bag from backyardhive.com There DVD really helped me get going with my TBH

    As far as...
  23. Thread: They made it

    by Montyb
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    Re: They made it

    No, that's wood. I doubled up 2x12s. It's a top bar so I don't have to lift anything once it's in place. We straddled it on wheelbarrow to get it out of the basement. Here is a pic. Monty9970
  24. Thread: They made it

    by Montyb
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    Re: They made it

    Hi All. First of all I built my first top bar hive out of 2x12 lumber. Felt that I wasn't moving it around so could build it heavy. It was built to be able to hold 28 bars. This was a new package...
  25. Thread: They made it

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    They made it

    Well after the super cold winter up here in the upper peninsula of michigan, concerned about the TBH. I'm happy to say THEY MADE IT. 52 degrees today and they are coming out, orienting and flying....
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